CN0510 - Young People's Health and Illness

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is uniquely designed to give you the opportunity to explore health and illness in young people. You will define this stage of development, biologically, emotionally and socially in order for you to understand their needs, and that of their families and friends. This period of development is often referred to as adolescence; it is a time of rapid growth and development. It is a stage of development that has been referred to as high risk, with a higher incidence of mortality and morbidity and you will learn more about these risks within this module. Many conditions are more prevalent in this age group and you will critically explore some of these, for example, chronic gastro-intestinal conditions, anxiety and depression. Young people are also developing independence, taking responsibility for their own health and illness and you will explore best practice in relation to this transition

Evidence based practice underpins nursing, within young people’s care there is a growing knowledge base for practice. You will learn how to analyse the research within this evidence base to ensure that practice is of the highest quality. Health and Social Care Services have often been criticised for not meeting the specific needs of young people, this is your opportunity to learn how to ensure that services meet those needs. You will analyse practice, consider solutions and learn how to advocate effectively for young people and their families. Young people’s health and illness is personally, culturally, socially, and legally defined. This presents many dilemmas for children’s nursing practice, you will learn how to deconstruct this to inform your clinical decision-making in the best interests of the young person. Trust and communication are fundamental nursing skills and are the basis of an effective therapeutic relationship with young people. You will be given every opportunity to excel in these skills including the use of simulation based education (SBE).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn within this module through lectures with supporting information and PowerPoint presentations available on the eLearning portal (eLP). Re-useable learning objects and links to relevant publications will be available on the eLP to support self-directed learning before and after lectures. Enquiry-based learning will be used to enable students to identify their specific learning needs and develop their skills in gathering evidence-based information to inform their presentations. Seminars and debate will facilitate discussion on key issues identified in the syllabus, providing opportunities for students to develop presentation, communication, negotiation and team-working skills.

Simulation and role-play activities will be utilised to enable students to practice complex skills in a safe environment and to reflect on their learning needs. Service user experience will be utilised throughout the module. Directed learning is planned throughout the module to enable student engagement. Discussion in the form of debate will be utilised to explore attitudes and the status quo. Simulation will be used formatively to further develop communication skills in particularly challenging situations, allowing students to critically explore opportunities within children’s nursing.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by the children’s nursing module team. The module will be designed with lectures delivered in large groups and seminars delivered in 3-4 smaller groups. Peer feedback will support your ongoing development. Students will have access to the full range of student services and support including IT at Northumbria University.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of adolescence and the factors that affect the health of young people (MLO 1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. You will learn how to assess young people’s needs taking into account the systems that they exist in (MLO 2)

3. You will critically explore the role of the nurse to empower and support the YP and their family in collaboration with other professionals. (MLO 3)

4. You will analyse evidence and apply this to nursing practice in relation to young people’s health (MLO 4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will critically explore the ethical dilemmas and complexities of caring for young people. (MLO 5)

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
This formative assessment will explore learning relating to the module themes. Students will choose two pieces of research relating to a mental health issue that they wish to pursue in their summative assessment. They will formatively present these to their peers using an appraisal tool.

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment for this module will be a 2500 essay which will critically examine a young person’s mental health issue (MLO1-5)

You will receive written feedback following your summative assessment, which will indicate the mark awarded for the module and areas for future development.





Module abstract

All young people are individual, and part of complex systems. This module gives you the opportunity to explore the unique needs of young people, their distinctiveness within society and their specific needs. You will be equipped with the evidence base to prioritise young people and practise effectively. The rapid period of growth and development in young adulthood presents many challenges and opportunities to nursing practice. Many conditions are more prevalent in this group and you will critically explore some of these, for example, chronic gastro-intestinal disease, anxiety and depression. This is a stage of development that has been referred to as high risk, with a higher incidence of mortality and morbidity. Young people are also developing independence, taking responsibility for their own health and illness; you will explore best practice in relation to this transition.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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